Everywhere you can get a free blog at different services. I take the top 4 services and compared them by their functions and the way to use.

I compared here the services: Blogger.com, WordPress.com, Livejournal.com and Windows Live Spaces.

Blogger.com

  • Fast registration
  • easy way to use
  • Tagoption in posts
  • Add and arrange Page Elements on Frontpage
  • Many settings
  • Good Templateeditor (edit HTML, too – Build own theme)
  • RSS-Feed and nearly XHtml and CSS valid
  • No categories
  • Profile and Comments on another page, not directly in the blog
  • Navbar on top
  • Plugininstalltion difficult
  • Only write posts – no sites

WordPress.com

  • Fast and easy registration
  • easy way to use
  • dashboard with own style andmany settings
  • blog and feed stats
  • write pages
  • set categories
  • many themes and plugins are preinstalled
  • rss-feed, xhtml and css valid
  • can not build own theme
  • limited space (50MB)
  • A litle bit difficult for beginners

Livejournal.com

  • Slowest registration but still good
  • Choose between two variants of the account
  • Choose your mood, tags, location and music at a post
  • Friend and community system
  • Nearly xhtml and css valid
  • Helpmail how to start
  • Create a poll
  • Advertisement !
  • It is not easy to handle
  • Navbar on top

live.com (Microsoft Space)

  • More or less easy to use
  • Many themes and options
  • Integrated statictictool
  • You can send trackbacks to other blogs
  • In other blogs you have a blog it option
  • no tags
  • very slow
  • Too many scripts in the code
  • You are not able to edit the css or html code

So at the end of this comparison I can say, that blogger.com is the best way you can start with. The registration is very fast and you can directly start to blog. You have many options, but not too much, so you can handle everything. For those who only want to write posts and maybe show some images it will be ideal.

But if you have a little experience you should choose WordPress.com, because you have more options, better looking and more plugins for SEO and so on.

Maybe you are not agree with. So let me hear your opinoin in the comments.